Recovery from any Sports injury is not as important as how you developed the injury.


      Dr. Cyd Charisse Williams will help you heal or prevent injuries by eliminating faulty muscle biomechanics, and weaknesses.  The Athletics Sports Medicine Athletics Edge system allows athletes with a torn ACL to return to sport in 3-4 months instead of the usual 6-12 months with full recovery. 

      Dr. Williams is a Functional Sports Medicine physician and author of The Athletics Edge: Fundamentals of Sports Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation.

      Dr. Williams collaborated with Helix to create the Athletics Edge REHAB360  that rehabilitates and prevent sports injuries by stabilizing the pelvis and knee while maintaining aerobic capacity.  Dr. Williams a former Division I athlete has been the team physician at four USA Track and Field World Championships.

      Dr. Williams studied Pediatric, Adolescent , Adult and Child Sports Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


  Every 25 seconds a Young Athlete goes to the ER with a Sports Injury

In some sports the youth teams are playing more games in a weekend than professional teams play a week. The most common sports injuries are sprained ligaments and strained muscles.

The top 10 sports injuries are as follows:

  1. Patellofemoral syndrome (knee pain/pain under the knee cap)
  2. Shoulder injuries
  3. Elbow injuries
  4. Hamstring strain
  5. Sciatica
  6. Shin splint
  7. Groin pulls
  8. Concussions
  9. ACL sprains/tears
  10. Hip flexor strain

      Overuse injuries can occur if the athlete is practicing, and competing in games or tournament all year round without adequate rest and nutrition.  The nutritional aspect is especially important if the athlete is still maturing. Since baseball is played all year round in the south. Most collegiate baseball programs prefer to recruit baseball pitchers from the North because baseball pitchers in the South account for a majority of the Tommy John surgeries because of ulnar collateral ligaments overuse injuries.  The most common serious knee injury is a sprain or tear of the ACL(anterior cruciate ligament).  There are greater than 200,000 ACL injuries between the ages of 12-45 years of age per year.  The diagnosis, and surgical treatment  of ACL injuries account for 500 million dollars in medical costs per year. 


     The brain is smart at substituting different muscle groups to accommodate for a weak muscle.  When an athlete is performing well it does not mean that a muscle substitution pattern will not lead to a future injury. Then the overuse injuries occur to muscles, tendons and ligaments when the substitute muscle breaks down because it is doing the work of 2 muscles. Prevent injuries at Athletics Sports Medicine by correcting improper biomechanics and muscle weaknesses. Injuries considered just part of sports can be prevented.


 AVOID Tommy John


     If you are not a baseball fan you are wondering who or what is a Tommy John?  In baseball pitching, repetitive stress occurs to the inside of the elbow injuring, the ulnar collateral ligament.   This was considered a career ending injury until Tommy John surgery revolutionized baseball by reconstructing the ligament restoring stability to the elbow.   Surgical repair of the ligament is named after the first baseball pitcher to receive this surgery in 1974.   

     Unfortunately, today most of the Tommy John procedures occur between the ages of 15-19, increasing at an alarming rate of 9% every year.  This injury continues to increase despite our efforts to reduce the injury with pitch counts etc… Often an athlete will have pain in their elbow and rest until their elbow feels better.  But once they resume pitching the pain will recur because the underlying cause of the stress was not addressed.  The ligament injury results from abnormal muscle biomechanics, muscle weakness  and a lack of true core strength.  These issues result in too much stress on the elbow resulting in injury.   Therefore, rest is not enough.


     Regrettably, at a glance the surgical procedure alone appears to be responsible for the pitchers’ continued success after surgery.  In reality, the faulty muscle mechanics and weakness that caused the injury are corrected resulting in an improved performance after surgery along with a new ligament.  However, since many pitchers have had more than one surgical procedure, if underlying stresses are not addressed re-injury will occur.  The goal is to NEVER have a Tommy John procedure! Dr. Cyd Charisse Williams  has corrected muscle weakness and poor biomechanics allowing players to pursuit their dreams of playing baseball at Missouri State, Princeton, Notre Dame,  Ball State and Mississippi State just to name a few….. PREVENT INJURY AT ATHLETICS SPORTS MEDICINE and WELLNESS.




     It is likely that your home is the most expensive item you own. Who doesn't want to live in an exclusive subdivision with homes that maintain their value to protect your investment?   FEES AND FINES HAVE TO BE PAID IF YOU DO NOT FOLLOW THE SUBDIVISION BYLAWS.    After all, that is why homeowners associations exist, right? Everything requires maintenance.  What happens when you don't cut the grass, paint your house or change oil in your car?


     WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ITEM YOU OWN? Do you want to look your best?  Do you adorn yourselves with the latest fashion?  Do you drink soda or water? What is the quality of the food you eat? Do you exercise? Do you smoke?  UNFORTUNATELY, THERE ARE NO HEALTH ASSOCIATIONS REGARDING YOUR MAINTENANCE.   HEALTH FINES AND FEES MANIFEST IN THE FORM OF CHRONIC ILLNESS OR INJURIES WHICH OFTEN COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED.  Do you go in for your medical check ups and tests?  You want the best for your family, home and cars.  Do you treat yourself like your home or your cars? Do you put yourself last on your list of priorities?


     The price of staying healthy is far less than the pain and expense of illness, injury and regret.  Whom in this world are you possibly going to benefit by neglecting yourself or your family, year after year until your health and emotional states deteriorate?  Do not settle for today's path of least resistance without thinking of tomorrow's consequences for yourself and your family.  If you do not allocate time for your health an injury or illness will allocate the time for you!! 

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